Difference Between
versus

Mutation vs. Variation: Know the Difference

Shumaila Saeed
By Shumaila Saeed || Published on February 14, 2024
Mutation is a change in the DNA sequence, while variation is the diversity in genetic and phenotypic traits among individuals in a population.
Mutation vs. Variation

Key Differences

Mutation refers to a specific, permanent change in the DNA sequence of an organism, often leading to a change in the function or regulation of a gene. Variation, on the other hand, encompasses the broader range of differences found within and between populations of a species, which can be genetic, phenotypic, or behavioral.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024
Mutations arise from errors during DNA replication or exposure to environmental factors. They can be beneficial, neutral, or harmful. Variation results from a combination of genetic factors, including mutations, and environmental influences, representing the diversity within a species.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024
Mutations are the source of new genetic material and drive evolution by creating new alleles. Variation is essential for natural selection; it provides the raw material upon which selection acts, shaping species over time.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024
Mutations can have a direct impact on an organism, potentially leading to genetic disorders or advantages. Variation, while influenced by mutations, also includes non-genetic factors and reflects the overall adaptability and resilience of a species.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024
Mutations are detected through genetic sequencing and molecular analysis. Studying variation often involves population genetics, observing phenotypic differences, and assessing ecological and behavioral diversity.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024
ADVERTISEMENT

Comparison Chart

Definition

Change in DNA sequence
Differences within species
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Source

Genetic errors, environmental factors
Mutations, genetic recombination, environment
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Role in Evolution

Source of new alleles
Substrate for natural selection
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Impact

Can cause genetic disorders
Reflects adaptability and diversity
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Detection

Genetic sequencing
Genetic, phenotypic, ecological analysis
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024
ADVERTISEMENT

Mutation and Variation Definitions

Mutation

A permanent genetic alteration.
Genetic mutations can lead to evolutionary changes.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Variation

Differences in the genetic makeup of individuals.
Genetic variation is crucial for a species' adaptability.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Mutation

A variation in the nucleotide sequence of DNA.
UV radiation can cause mutations in skin cells.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Variation

The range of phenotypes in a population.
Variation in bird beak size is influenced by available food sources.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Mutation

An alteration in a gene's DNA sequence.
A mutation in the BRCA1 gene increases breast cancer risk.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024
ADVERTISEMENT

Variation

A difference in characteristics among individuals.
Flower color variation attracts different pollinators.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Mutation

A change in an organism's genetic material.
A spontaneous mutation caused the bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Variation

The occurrence of distinct forms within a species.
Intra-species variation leads to a healthy gene pool.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Mutation

A modification in the genetic code.
Some mutations are harmless and go unnoticed.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Variation

The act, fact, or process of varying.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

The act or process of being altered or changed.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

The extent or degree to which something varies
A variation of ten pounds in weight.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

Something different from another of the same type
Told a variation of an old joke.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

A change in the nucleotide sequence of the genome of an organism or virus, sometimes resulting in the appearance of a new character or trait not found in the parental type.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

Magnetic declination.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

The process by which such a change occurs, either through an alteration in the nucleotide sequence coding for a gene or through a change in the physical arrangement of the genetic material.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(Biology) The existence within a species or other group of organisms of differences in form, function, or behavior, especially when hereditary.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

The nucleotide sequence, trait, or individual that results from such a change.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(Mathematics) A function that relates the values of one variable to those of other variables.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

A change affecting a sound or a class of sounds, such as back vowels or plosive consonants, through assimilation to another sound, as in the process of umlaut.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

A form that is an altered version of a given theme, diverging from it by melodic ornamentation and by changes in harmony, rhythm, or key.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

A change affecting a sound or a class of sounds that is conditioned by morphological or syntactic factors rather than purely phonological factors, as in Irish, where certain words cause the lenition of the initial consonants of the following word.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

One of a series of forms based on a single theme.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

Any alteration or change.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

A solo dance, especially one forming part of a larger work.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

(genetics) Any heritable change of the base-pair sequence of genetic material.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

A mutant.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

A related but distinct thing.
When the process didn't work, we tried a variation.
All of his soups are variations on a single recipe.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

(linguistics) An alteration a particular sound of a word, especially the initial consonant, which is triggered by the word's morphological or syntactic context and not by its phonological context.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north.
Magnetic declination
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

A group of thrushes.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(board games) A line of play that differs from the original.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

Change; alteration, either in form or qualities.
The vicissitude or mutations in the superior globe are no fit matter for this present argument.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(music) A technique where material is repeated with alterations to the melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, counterpoint or orchestration; but with some invariant characteristic, e.g. a ground bass.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

Gradual definitely tending variation, such as may be observed in a group of organisms in the fossils of successive geological levels.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(genetics) The modification of a hereditary trait.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

As now employed (first by de Vries), a cellular process resulting in a sudden inheritable variation (the offspring differing from its parents in some well-marked character or characters) as distinguished from a gradual variation in which the new characters become fully developed only in the course of many generations. The occurrence of mutations, the selection of strains carrying mutations permitting enhanced survival under prevailing conditions, and the mechanism of hereditary of the characters so appearing, are well-established facts; whether and to what extent the mutation process has played the most important part in the evolution of the existing species and other groups of organisms is an unresolved question.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(astronomy) Deviation from the mean orbit of a heavenly body.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

A variant strain of an organism in which the hereditary variant property is caused by a mutation{3}.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing; modification; alteration; mutation; diversity; deviation; as, a variation of color in different lights; a variation in size; variation of language.
The essences of things are conceived not capable of any such variation.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

(biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

Extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a position or state; amount or rate of change.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

(genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

Change of termination of words, as in declension, conjugation, derivation, etc.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Mutation

A change or alteration in form or qualities
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

Repetition of a theme or melody with fanciful embellishments or modifications, in time, tune, or harmony, or sometimes change of key; the presentation of a musical thought in new and varied aspects, yet so that the essential features of the original shall still preserve their identity.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

One of the different arrangements which can be made of any number of quantities taking a certain number of them together.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

An instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

An activity that varies from a norm or standard;
Any variation in his routine was immediately reported
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

A repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

Something a little different from others of the same type;
An experimental version of the night fighter
An emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone
The boy is a younger edition of his father
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

An artifact that deviates from a norm or standard;
He patented a variation on the sandal
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

The angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

(ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

The act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard;
Who is responsible for these variations in taxation?
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 11, 2024

Variation

The diversity of genetic and phenotypic traits.
Variation in human skin color is an adaptation to sunlight exposure.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Jan 12, 2024

Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is genetic variation?

Genetic variation refers to the diversity of genes and alleles within and among populations.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

How do mutations affect evolution?

Mutations introduce new genetic material, providing the basis for evolutionary changes.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Can variation exist without mutations?

While mutations are a source of variation, existing genetic diversity and environmental factors also contribute to variation.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Are all mutations harmful?

No, mutations can be beneficial, neutral, or harmful.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

What causes mutations?

Mutations can be caused by errors during DNA replication or environmental factors like radiation.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Does variation always have a genetic basis?

Variation can be genetic or influenced by environmental factors.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Can mutations be inherited?

Yes, mutations in reproductive cells can be passed to offspring.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Is variation important for survival?

Yes, variation is crucial for adaptability and survival of a species.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

What is a silent mutation?

A silent mutation is a change in DNA that does not alter the protein it codes for.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

What is a point mutation?

A point mutation is a change in a single nucleotide in DNA.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

How is variation measured?

Variation can be measured through genetic analysis and observing phenotypic differences.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Are all variations visible?

No, some variations, like blood type, are not visibly apparent.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Can mutations be repaired?

Some types of mutations can be repaired by cellular mechanisms.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

How do mutations and variation relate to each other?

Mutations are a source of genetic variation, which is the diversity of traits in a population.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Can environmental factors cause variation?

Yes, environmental factors can influence the expression of genes, leading to variation.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

What is a frameshift mutation?

A frameshift mutation involves insertions or deletions that alter the DNA reading frame.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Are mutations random?

Mutations occur randomly, but their effects may be influenced by natural selection.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Can mutations lead to new species?

Over time, mutations can contribute to the development of new species.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Is variation the same in all populations?

No, different populations can have varying levels of genetic diversity.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

What is phenotypic variation?

Phenotypic variation refers to observable differences in physical traits among individuals.
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed
Feb 14, 2024

Share this page

Link for your blog / website
HTML
Link to share via messenger
About Author
Shumaila Saeed
Written by
Shumaila Saeed
Shumaila Saeed, an expert content creator with 6 years of experience, specializes in distilling complex topics into easily digestible comparisons, shining a light on the nuances that both inform and educate readers with clarity and accuracy.

Popular Comparisons

Trending Comparisons

FPTP vs. PRFPTP vs. PR
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 16, 2024
FPTP (First Past the Post) is a simple plurality voting system where the candidate with most votes wins; PR (Proportional Representation) allocates seats based on the proportion of votes each party receives.
Japanese Eyes vs. Chinese EyesJapanese Eyes vs. Chinese Eyes
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
Japanese Eyes and Chinese Eyes refer to linguistic structures in Japanese and Chinese respectively, each reflecting unique aspects of grammar and syntax.
Pulley vs. SheavePulley vs. Sheave
Hifza NasirHifza Nasir
April 4, 2024
A pulley is a wheel on an axle designed to support movement and change of direction of a taut cable, while a sheave is the wheel part of a pulley system that specifically interacts with the cable.
Extent vs. ScopeExtent vs. Scope
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
"Extent" refers to the degree or range something covers, while "Scope" relates to the breadth or range of coverage, influence, or effect.
2 Pole Motors vs. 4 Pole Motors2 Pole Motors vs. 4 Pole Motors
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
2 Pole Motors have one pair of magnetic poles and run at higher speeds, while 4 Pole Motors have two pairs of poles and operate at lower speeds, offering higher torque.
Login vs. LogonLogin vs. Logon
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
"Login" and "Logon" are often used interchangeably to describe the process of gaining access to a computer system, but "login" can also refer to the credentials used for access.
Poem vs. PoetryPoem vs. Poetry
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
A poem is a piece of writing that expresses ideas and emotions with a distinctive style and rhythm; poetry is the art form of writing such pieces.
Nuclear Family vs. Joint FamilyNuclear Family vs. Joint Family
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
January 9, 2024
Nuclear Family is a family unit consisting of parents and their children. Joint Family is a larger family structure comprising parents, children, and other relatives living together.
NM3 vs. M3NM3 vs. M3
Hifza NasirHifza Nasir
April 19, 2024
NM3 measures gas volume under Normal conditions (0°C and 1.01325 bar), while M3 measures volume under the conditions at which it is measured, without standard adjustment.
Vital Proteins Collagen vs. OrganikaVital Proteins Collagen vs. Organika
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 9, 2024
Vital Proteins Collagen is a brand offering collagen supplements for health and beauty, while Organika is a broader health and wellness brand with diverse products including collagen.
Data Roaming vs. Cellular DataData Roaming vs. Cellular Data
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
Data Roaming allows usage of mobile network services outside of the home network area, while Cellular Data is using mobile services within the home network.
Catapult vs. TrebuchetCatapult vs. Trebuchet
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
January 4, 2024
A catapult is a ballistic device using tension or torsion to launch projectiles, while a trebuchet is a type of catapult using a counterweight for greater force and distance.
Slazenger Logo vs. Puma LogoSlazenger Logo vs. Puma Logo
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 15, 2024
The Slazenger logo features a panther, symbolizing agility and tradition, while the Puma logo depicts a leaping puma, representing speed and strength.
Fluid vs. LiquidFluid vs. Liquid
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 13, 2024
Fluids encompass all substances that flow (including gases and liquids), while liquids specifically refer to fluids with a definite volume but no fixed shape, adapting to their container.
Pycharm Community vs. Pycharm ProPycharm Community vs. Pycharm Pro
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 4, 2024
PyCharm Community is a free, open-source IDE for Python development, while PyCharm Pro is a paid version with additional advanced features like web development support and database tools.
5'11" vs. 6'0"5’11” vs. 6’0″
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 4, 2024
The difference between 5'11" and 6'0" is one inch, with 5'11" being 71 inches and 6'0" being 72 inches tall.
Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5Gorilla Glass 3 vs. Gorilla Glass 5
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
January 1, 2024
Gorilla Glass 3 offers improved scratch resistance and durability compared to its predecessors, while Gorilla Glass 5 focuses on enhanced drop protection and toughness.
Explain vs. DefineExplain vs. Define
Dua FatimaDua Fatima
June 22, 2024
Explaining involves detailing or clarifying a concept, often including context and examples, whereas defining means stating the exact meaning of a word or phrase, typically in a concise manner.
DDR3 vs. DDR3LDDR3 vs. DDR3L
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
January 29, 2024
DDR3 is a type of RAM with standard voltage (1.5V), while DDR3L is a low voltage variant (1.35V) compatible with both 1.5V and 1.35V slots.
Poster vs. InfographicPoster vs. Infographic
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
A Poster is a large printed image or notice for public display, while an Infographic is a visual representation of information or data.
Crane vs. HeronCrane vs. Heron
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
June 24, 2024
Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds known for their elaborate dances, while herons are typically more solitary, stealth hunters with a distinctive S-shaped neck.
NDM vs. FTPNDM vs. FTP
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 15, 2024
NDM (Network Data Mover) automates and secures data transfers across networks, while FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a standard network protocol for transferring files between computers.
Traditional Trade vs. Modern TradeTraditional Trade vs. Modern Trade
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
December 25, 2023
Traditional trade involves local, small-scale, often personalized commerce; modern trade is characterized by large-scale, technology-driven, and impersonal retail environments.
PPM vs. PPMVPPM vs. PPMV
Shumaila SaeedShumaila Saeed
February 10, 2024
PPM (parts per million) measures the concentration of one substance within a million parts of another. PPMV (parts per million by volume) expresses gas concentration as volume per million volumes of air.

Featured Comparisons

New Comparisons